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Jammu and Kashmir ceases to be a State

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Published on November 03, 2019 with No Comments

RK Mathur Sworn In As First Lt Governor Of Ladakh, GC Murmu As J&K Lt Governor

The President’s rule imposed in undivided Jammu and Kashmir was on Thursday revoked following bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh come into existence on Thursday after the central government on August 5 decided to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and create them on October 31. Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur were sworn in as Lieutenant Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively at two separate ceremonies on October 31. J&K Chief Justice Gita Mittal administered the oath to Radha Krishana Mathur at 7.15 a.m. in Leh district of Ladakh. A special plane was has kept ready in Leh to meet the deadlines of the two ceremonies, as Gita Mittal also administered oath  to Girish Chandra Murmu.   The status of J&K was reduced to UTs after the Centre passed the Reorganisation of J&K Bill in the Parliament in the first week of August, immediately after the state’s special status was revoked. Since then a cumbersome process of the division of assets and human resource between the UTs was undertaken.

Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor Home Minister Amit Shah  participated  in the oath-taking ceremonies. Satya Pal Mailk, 73, the outgoing Governor of J&K has been moved as the Governor of Goa.

With the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the number of states in India has come down to 28 and the number of Union Territories has gone up to nine. While Jammu and Kashmir will continue to have a legislature, like in Puducherry, Ladakh will be without one, like Chandigarh.


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